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Canadian Cytech Training Partner visiting Scotland to advise on careers in adventure tourism

The team from Whistler Adventure School (WAS), which recently became the only centre in Canada accredited to offer Cytech technical three, is to deliver a series of free sessions in Scotland,...

15 Sep 2023, more…

Cytech trainer back to training after providing mechanical support at UCI World Championships

Cytech training provider Spokes People were recently asked by the Afghan National Team if they could suggest any way for them to be supported mechanically at the UCI World Championships in...

24 Aug 2023, more…

Funded training available for Cycle Maintenance Apprenticeships

Fully funded training for school and college leavers is available for the Cycle Maintenance Apprenticeship for those under 19 years of age at the start of the apprenticeship.

9 Aug 2023, more…

Dates announced for Giant-specific Cytech e-bike courses.

Giant UK has partnered with Activate Cycle Academy and the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) to provide a Cytech technical e-Bike qualification.

11 Jul 2023, more…

Whistler Adventure School becomes the only centre in Canada accredited to offer Cytech technical three

Cytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians, has announced that Whistler Adventure School (WAS), a private career training institution in...

3 Jul 2023, more…

Giant Collaborate with ACT and Activate Cycle Academy to offer Giant specific Cytech e-bike qualification

Giant UK have partnered with Activate Cycle Academy and the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) to provide a Cytech Technical e-Bike qualification

16 Jun 2023, more…

Bike for Good’s improved Cytech traineeship for women and non-binary people proving successful

A new and improved traineeship programme for women and non-binary people being implemented by  Bike for Good, which delivers Cytech training in Scotland, is proving successful.

15 Jun 2023, more…

Cytech training provider Spokes People to deliver workshops at National Cycling Show 2023, opening this Saturday 17th June

Lee & Darren from Spokes People, one of Cytech’s UK training providers, are attending the National Cycling Show this weekend and will be delivering various workshops and sessions for...

14 Jun 2023, more…

Get yourself a free ticket to the National Cycling Show with V12

ACT partners V12 Finance, who are headline sponsors for this year’s National Cycle Show, have an allocation of free tickets that they would like to share with you!

31 May 2023, more…

A third of drivers want cyclists banned from public highways, new research suggests

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A third of drivers want cyclists banned from public highways, new research suggests

Posted on 3 Nov 2022

New research has suggested as many as one in three drivers believe cyclists shouldn’t be allowed on public highways and should be confined to cycle paths.

The same number said they felt too much cash had been spent improving infrastructure for cyclists. Seven in ten of the drivers questioned said cyclists should have insurance. The findings come from an online survey of more than 12,000 UK motorists by data collection firm Yonder. The poll included some questions from the BBC’s Panorama programme as part of its programme Panorama Road Rage: Cars v Bikes, which is available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001dj03/panorama-road-rage-cars-v-bikes

In January, the Department of Transport (DfT) unveiled controversial changes to the Highway Code which gave cyclists priority over drivers. It means drivers must give way to cyclists at junctions. Cyclists are also encouraged to ride in the middle of the road on certain roads to be more visible. Groups of cyclists should pedal two abreast under the changes, with overtaking motorists having to leave at least 5ft (1.5m) between the car and the closest bike.

Two cyclists

Grant Shapps, then transport secretary, suggested earlier this year that cyclists could be forced to have registration numbers, insurance and observe speed limits as part of a legal shake-up. He later appeared to backtrack, saying that he was ‘not attracted to the bureaucracy of registration plates’, adding: ‘That would go too far.’

A string of local councils across the UK have brought in schemes that aim to limit traffic from cars in favour of promoting cycling and walking.

In November 2020, the DfT announced an extra £175million in funding for councils in England to support cycling and walking schemes whilst saying eight out of ten consumers support lower car traffic.

Duncan Dollimore from Cycling UK told BBC Panorama that some people won’t get on a bike because of trouble with motorists.

‘There’s a whole group of people who would never go to work and swear or gesticulate at people, but occasionally they might do that behind the wheel of their car. It does prevent people from cycling. It puts people off,’ he said.

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